God will Perfect, Establish, Strengthen, and Settle You


I often dream of having millions of dollars to help address a number of the world’s ills as well as to help those institutions and organizations who currently meet those needs. For example, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston saved my son’s life when he was born. I have longed to be able to present them with a huge check that could never equate to what they gave my wife and me. In dealing with students that are homeless, I have provided funds for some of their needs, but I always wanted more money to create locations around metro Atlanta that provide temporary and transitional housing for those families, especially ones with children. I have a number of friends with their own business in a wide variety of fields. They are always helping people, but no one helps them. With a boat load of money, I have long longed to aid them by giving me hundreds of thousands of dollars to support their continued aid to people. Proverbs 13:19 says, “A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul…” I have not been able to fulfill my longing to give huge sums of funds to such causes. I admit that it makes me sad, but in the text today, l am reminded that God will Perfect, Establish, Strengthen, and Settle You. The most important thing for me to do in those cases is to do as Peter did – to pray.

1 Peter 5 sets the foundation for today’s post. The context of the chapters before is that the elect will experience hardships, suffering and harm. When persecuted, people tend to take flight or fight depending on their convictions. The point of the letter is to encourage the followers of Christ. Here at the end of the letter, we see Peter’s prayer for the elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia.

NKJV
10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

NIV
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

perfect – to mend (what has been broken or rent), to repair; to complete

establish – to make stable, place firmly, set fast, fix; in every good work and word make them stable/firm

strengthen – to make strong, strengthen as in one’s soul

settle – to lay the foundation, to found; to settle one’s soul as in fixing it in place

There is a spiritual progression shown in the order of those words. For me, I envision a broken chair. Maybe the cross-stitched webbing in the seat is broken as well as wobbly legs. The perfecting, establishing, strengthening and settling is akin to repairing the chair back to it’s original state, so it can fulfill its original purpose. Likewise, Peter is praying that for the elect that God’s glory would be experienced and revealed by them as God will Perfect, Establish, Strengthen, and Settle You.

The joy for me is that my perfection as a believer is not rooted in my ability or inability. It is rooted in what God will do to make me who He wants me to be. I am reminded of Philippians 1:6 [Full Chapter] which says,being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” God’s goal is to complete us which means to make us like Christ. Hallelujah.

Ultimately, we learn from this verse that God helps and gives enough strength for any circumstance we face. We learn God that God will bring glory to Himself through bringing the believers into the glory of His presence. Lastly, all the blessings of God’s grace in this life and the next come through the believer’s union with Christ. According to the Reformation Bible, all the blessings of God’s grace in this life and the next come through the believer’s union with Christ. The believer’s union with Christ summarizes our experience of redemption. Believers are elected (Eph. 1:4, 11), justified (Rom. 8:1), sanctified (1 Cor. 1:2), and glorified (3:18) “in Christ.” Here Paul focuses on the momentous significance of the believer’s union with the Savior. Because Christ is the “last Adam,” the One in whom humanity is recreated (1 Cor. 15:45; Eph. 2:10) and who inaugurates the new age of messianic blessing (Gal. 1:4; cf. Matt. 11:2–6), the believer’s spiritual union with Christ is nothing less than participation in the “new creation.”

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